Oh, interesting question. Hmm…I’d have to say what sets my YA Mystery apart is that the more you get to know the characters, the less like their stereotypes they are. Since it’s described as “The Breakfast Club” meets “Veronica Mars,” I had to start with stereotypes but I managed to flesh them out pretty well in a short amount of time, or so readers tell me.
My other YA Paranormal has very unique characters, but I guess like my mystery, you really discover that over time. On paper, other than the fact that it’s a multicultural cast, they probably seem like more familiar “types” - The Nerd, the Badboy, The Artist, The Good Girl, etc. They’re so much more than that, but it’s not like in Dumplin’ or Eleanor & Park, where the characters are unique from page 1.